Tennis: River Rats dominate doubles in first day at D-1 state finals


Huron advanced all four doubles teams to the semifinals and appear on course for a state championship – or at least have positioned themselves for a legitimate shot at the title.

The semifinal and finals are Saturday at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.

Here is how the locals fared on Friday.

Owen Kelley got things rolling at one singles with an easy 6-0, 6-4 win over Kai Roberts of Detroit CC after drawing a first-round bye. Kelley, the No. 5 seed, then defeated Gabe Brown of Troy Athens 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Pioneer’s Oliver Fuchs won his first-round match at one singles against Brandon Mceachem of Hudsonville 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). He then won his second-round match 6-1, 6-1 over Cole Goodman of Grand Ledge before falling in the quarterfinal match to No. 2 seed Jarreau Campbell of Brother Rice 6-2, 6-1.

Huron’s Henry Zhou opened the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jack Callaghan of Catholic Central in the first round. He lost to third-seeded Jagan Nallani of Troy in the second round 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

At two singles, Pioneer’s Niki Zakarian won his first-round match against Holt’s Jonathan Laier 6-1, 6-1 before falling to Brother Rice’s JJ Etterbeek 6-1, 6-1 in the second round.

Huron’s Michael Shi entered the day as the fourth seed at three singles and earned a bye in the first round. He won his second-round match 6-1, 6-2 over Andrew Ferdig of Holt before falling to Samir Rajani of Northville 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Pioneer’s Stanley Roberts, the third seed, had a big day at three singles. After a first-round bye, Roberts defeated Warren Dietz of Catholic Central 6-0, 6-2 and then knocked off Brother Rice’s Doug Prew 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

Huron’s Derek Zhu, the sixth seed at four singles, had a bye and then a 6-0, 6-0 win over Benji Efros of West Bloomfield in the second round. He lost to Clarkston’s Noah Fasczewski 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Pioneer’s Isaac Harrenkohl, the fourth seed at four singles, earned a first-round bye before knocking off Troy’s Yuvi Jamwal 6-1, 6-1. He lost a three-set match 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 to Catholic Central’s Brandon Falk.

Huron’s Max Brodkey and Anvit Rao entered as the fourth seed at one doubles to earn a first-round bye. They defeated Canton 6-1, 6-0 and then knocked off Grosse Pointe South 6-0, 6-4 to qualify for the semifinals where Bloomfield Hills awaits.

Pioneer’s one doubles team of Michael Hwang and Sam Berkooz had a bye and then defeated Hudsonville 6-4, 6-4 in the second round. They lost to Brother Rice 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

At two doubles, Huron’s Nick Grosh and T.J. Bai had a first-round bye. The top-seeded duo then defeated Holt 6-0, 6-1 and knocked off Novi 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to earn a match with Northville in the semifinals.

The Huron three doubles team of Sammy Clyde and Pranav Sharma had a first-round bye as the top seed before knocking off Canton 6-0, 6-0 and then Rockford 6-0, 6-0. They will face Brother Rice in the semifinals.

Pioneer’s three doubles team of Connor Streeter and Brendan Karsch lost to Brother Rice 6-4, 6-0 in the second round after earning a first-round bye

Huron’s top-seeded Nikhil Grish and Vincent Tremonti at four doubles had a first-round bye and then beat Troy Athens 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-3. The duo then toppled Traverse City West 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to earn a match with Bloomfield Hills in the semis.

Pioneer’s four doubles team of Mikey Clifford and Eric Zhou earned a bye before beating Rochester in the second round. They lost to Northville 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.


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